Bishop McElroy addresses SMC community, invites audience to vote faithfully

first_imgSaint Mary’s hosted Bishop Robert McElroy who spoke in a lecture titled “Voting as an Authentic Disciple” Tuesday evening — a talk centered around voting and considering political issues as Catholic voters. The event was sponsored by Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry, the Office for Civic and Social Engagement, the Center for Spirituality and Notre Dame Campus Ministry. Genevieve Coleman | The Observer Bishop Robert McElroy spoke to a virtual audience Tuesday evening about how to vote as a Catholic in the upcoming election.To begin the talk, Saint Mary’s campus minister Fr. Steve Newton introduced College President Katie Conboy who spoke about the importance of having honest conversations about voting, especially as a part of Saint Mary’s mission.“Events like this one are so important as we enter the final weeks before the election,” Conboy said. “These events serve as a great reminder, not only of Saint Mary’s mission to promote a life of social responsibility but also of the Sisters of the Holy Cross and their tireless work for social justice.”Conboy then welcomed McElroy, the author of two books on religion’s place in civic discourse and several articles about Catholic social teaching, who currently serves in the Diocese of San Diego.McElroy acknowledged how Catholic voters can feel isolated from a divisive two-party system that does not accept all parts of Church teaching.“The faithful Catholic voter is automatically homeless in our political world, never feeling at peace with the specific constellations that her party has chosen to accept and certainly never feeling at peace with the partisan tribalism in both Democratic and Republican cultures that forms our politics and our nation,” he said.McElroy said voters must evaluate candidates based on the values found in Catholic social teaching. While some voters believe there is only one central issue in the 2020 election cycle, like abortion, climate change or racial discrimination, McElroy argued that one issue does not define how to vote correctly.“It falls on the faithful Catholics in their own conscience to bring Catholic social teaching in its entirety to bear on their voting choices to us deeply and without partisanship or self-interest … There is no single issue, which in Catholic teaching constitutes a ‘magic bullet’ that determines a unitary option for faith-filled voting in 2020,” McElroy said. McElroy believes voting requires reflection on which candidates will further Catholic social teaching.“Voting for candidates ultimately involves choosing a candidate for public office, not a stance, nor a specific teaching of the Church,” he said. “And for this reason, faithful voting involves careful consideration of the specific ability of a particular candidate to actually advance the common core [of Catholic beliefs] and in making this assessment leadership, competence and character all come into play, particularly in the election of a president.”Speaking specifically on candidate character, McElroy said the personal qualities of leaders hold great importance, especially during the COVID-19 pandemic.“The pandemic will be wrenching at every dimension of our national life for a long time to come,” he said. “The personal qualities of our president and congressional leadership will greatly impact whether these coming years will be a time of increased suffering and division or a time of healing and unity.”McElroy also condemned those who deny candidates’ Catholic identity because of their stance on specific political issues.“Being Catholic means trying to transform the world by the light of the Gospel of Jesus Christ,” he said. “To reduce that magnificent multi-dimensional gift of God’s love to a single question of public policy is repugnant and should have no place in public discourse. In the end, it is the candidate on the ballot, not a specific issue.”When discerning which candidates to cast their ballot for, McElroy said Catholic voters should exercise the use of the virtue prudence.“It is prudence that immediately guides the judgment of conscience and Catholic social teaching,” he said. “Prudence is called the charioteer of the virtues. It keeps the virtues all in balance and it provides insights of moral perspectives for the disciples confronting ethically complex problems.”As long as prudence and prayerful consideration is used in voters’ decisions, McElroy states it is legitimate for Catholics to re-elect President Donald Trump or vote for former Vice President Joe Biden.“This is a decision which falls rightfully and fully to the individual and informed conscience of believers and — if exercised in this manner — will be a moment of grace for the voter and for our nation rebuilding our political culture,” he said.McElroy said voters will not only be responsible for voting this year but also for looking into solutions to troubling national political behavior and culture .“The primary responsibility of the faithful citizen is to exercise their right to vote having discerned in their conscience the choices presented to them in light of the Gospel and the teaching of the Church,” he said. “This year, there will be an additional and similarly paramount responsibility of faithful citizens which will occur after the election, in the imperative to transform and rebuild our broken political culture.”To fix the country’s flawed political culture, McElroy spoke about the importance of the virtues of compassion, solidarity, and dialogue, and said compassion is critical to tending to human suffering.“We must follow the example of the Good Samaritan who had no connection of faith or blood to the beaten man by the side of [the] road who risked his own life by ministering to him when the robbers might still have been near and who only saw human suffering and that was enough,” he said.McElroy said solidarity is part of putting others before yourself in a world where every individual is connected to one another.“It means continual willingness to place the common good before our own self-interest,” he said. “It means recognizing the bonds which ties us to every man and woman and child in our own society and to the world as a whole.”For McElroy, dialogue is an issue that can only be fixed with patience and understanding of other’s perceptive.“We have parallel monologues seeking not understanding and encounter, but melody to defend our opinions, reinforce our prejudices and convince ourselves that we have been right,” he said. “All redemption of our political culture cannot begin until a genuine toleration of and thirst for dialogue enters back into the public square. The depth of our current national crisis will not be addressed on a substance of level, unless we as a society engage more deeply, honestly and openly with those whom we disagree on important questions of culture, economics, partisanship and religious beliefs.”At the conclusion of his lecture, McElroy took questions from his virtual audience. In response to a question about the complicated process of voting, McElroy had a simple solution.“One way to simplify [voting] is when you’re sitting down to fill out your ballot, think of Jesus being there by your side as you go down the ballot,” he said. “Just think to him being there, watching you as you do it and think to yourself, ‘In the end, what I really think Jesus would want me to do in this case?’ and if you do that authentically, that’s a great way to vote.”Tags: Catholic Social Teaching, Center for Spirituality, notre dame campus ministry, OCSE, political discourse, president katie conboy, Presidential Election 2020, Saint Mary’s Campus Ministry, votinglast_img read more

Jamestown Woman Arrested For Allegedly Allowing Youngsters To Fight In The Street

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now Stock Image.JAMESTOWN – A Jamestown woman was arrested after allegedly allowing two juveniles to fight in the middle of a city street on Tuesday night.Jamestown Police say officers responded to the area of Newland Avenue and Myrtle Streets just before 11:30 p.m. for a reported fight.When they arrived on scene, police say they witnessed two juveniles in the middle of the street attempting to fight others and being disorderly.Police say this was the third time responding to the area for similar issues where 33-year-old Nichole Verrett allegedly let her children run wild. Officers say Verrett was arrested and her kids turned over to another party.Verrett is charged with two counts of endangering the welfare of a child and taken to Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment in the case.last_img read more

Tony Winner Karen Ziemba & More Complete the Cast of Bullets Over Broadway, Starring Zach Braff

first_img In addition to Ziemba, Preston Truman Boyd, Bryn Dowling, Kelcy Griffin, Dan Horn, Synthia Link and Kevin Worley will round out the ensemble. Bullets Over Broadway stars Braff as David Shayne, Ashmanskas as Warner Purcell, Pastore as Nick Valenti, Wolfe as Ellen, Nick Cordero as Cheech, Lenny Wolpe as Julian Marx and Helene Yorke as Olive Neal. The cast will also feature Clyde Alves, Jim Borstelmann, Janet Dickinson, Kimberly Faure, Paige Faure, Casey Garvin, Sarah Lin Johnson, Andy Jones, Amanda Kloots-Larsen, Kevin Ligon, Brittany Marcin, James Moye, Beth Johnson Nicely and Eric Santagata. View Comments Marin Mazzie Star Files Betsy Wolfe Related Shows Bullets Over Broadwaycenter_img Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 24, 2014 Featuring existing hits from the 1920s, Bullets Over Broadway will feature a new, adapted book by Allen. The musical tells the story of David Shayne (Braff), an aspiring young playwright who is forced to cast a mobster’s talentless girlfriend in his latest drama in order to get it produced. Zach Braff Ziemba previously worked with Stroman on Broadway’s Contact, Crazy For You, Steel Pier and the 2005 film adaptation of The Producers. She won a Tony Award for Contact and garnered additional nominations for Curtains, Never Gonna Dance and Steel Pier. Her other Broadway credits include A Chorus Line, 42nd Street, Teddy & Alice and Chicago. Her additional onscreen roles include The History of Future Folk, Law & Order, Scrubs and Once More With Feeling. Karen Ziemba is going gangster! The Tony winner will play hyper, dog-obsessed actress Eden Brent in Bullets Over Broadway, alongside previously announced stars Zach Braff, Marin Mazzie, Brooks Ashmanskas, Vincent Pastore, Betsy Wolfe and more. The musical adaptation of Woody Allen and Douglas McGrath’s 1994 comedy is directed and choreographed by Susan Stroman. Bullets Over Broadway begins performances March 11, with an official opening night on April 10 at the St. James Theatre.last_img read more

Thuy’s Arrival! Korean Star Kwang-Ho Hong Completes the Cast of the New Revival of Miss Saigon in London

first_img A popular solo music artist in Korea, Kwang-Ho Hong’s stage credits include The Phantom of the Opera, Jekyll & Hyde and Man of La Mancha. The ensemble for Miss Saigon includes Julia Abueva, Natalie Chua, Jon-Scott Clark, Jenny Ding, Dale Evans, Callum Francis, Ashley Gilmour, Maria Graciano, Simon Hardwick, Jack Harrison-Cooper, Matthew Jeans, Kurt Kansley, David Kar-Hing Lee, Kittiphun Kittipakapom, Mitch Leow, Ela Lisondra, Carolyn Maitland, Tanya Manalang, Christian Rey Marbella, Kanako Nakano, Thao Therese Nguyen, Saori Oda, Ariel Reonal, Jon Reynolds, Romeo Salazar, Jordan Shaw, Marsha Songcome, Eloisa Amalia Tan, Christian Tanamal, Thao Vilayvong, Amadeus Williams and Gerald Zarcilla. Casting is complete for the new West End revival of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg’s Miss Saigon. Korean star Kwang-Ho Hong will join the previously announced cast as Thuy, Kim’s cousin who becomes an officer in the Communist Vietnamese government. Directed by Laurence Connor, Miss Saigon will begin previews on May 3 at London’s Prince Edward Theatre. In addition to Kwang-Ho Hong, the cast of Miss Saigon features Jon Jon Briones as The Engineer, Eva Noblezada as Kim, Alistair Brammer as Chris, Tamsin Carroll as Ellen, Hugh Maynard as John and Rachelle Ann Go as Gigi. Set in 1975 during the final days of the American occupation of Saigon, Miss Saigon is an epic love story about the relationship between an American GI and a young Vietnamese woman. Orphaned by war, 17-year-old Kim is forced to work as a bar girl in a sleazy Saigon nightclub, owned by a notorious wheeler-dealer known as “The Engineer.” John, an American GI, buys his friend Chris the services of Kim for the night—a night that will change their lives forever. View Commentslast_img read more

Odds & Ends: Jeremy Jordan’s New Film & More!

first_imgHere’s a quick roundup of stories you may have missed today. Kevin Spacey Gives Audience Member a Lesson on Unquestioning Loyalty Kevin Spacey had our unquestioning loyalty the minute his sinister House of Cards character, Frank Underwood, demanded it. Unfortunately, one audience member at London’s Old Vic seemed to have missed the Netflix series, and received a lesson that they will not be forgetting at the opening night of the Tony and Oscar winner’s latest play, Clarence Darrow. The Daily Mail reports that a mobile started ringing, causing the Tony and Oscar winner, in character, to yell: “if you don’t answer that, I will.” We imagine they will be triple checking all their electronic devices are turned off at the theater from now on. Star Files Jeremy Jordan and More Broadway Alums Board Outliving Emily Broadway vets Jeremy Jordan, Olympia Dukakis, Louis Zorich and Phylicia Rashad will star in Eric Weber’s Outliving Emily. Variety reports that the film follows the stormy marriage of a couple over fifty years, with six vignettes being portrayed by 12 actors. Mariah Carey May Duet With Frozen’s Olaf Looks like Mariah Carey’s determined to be the Queen of the Christmas charts.  A rumor has appeared on that the superstar is looking to duet with Frozen’s lovable snowman on a remake of her hit “All I Want for Christmas is You,” for her upcoming festive album. Tony nominee Josh Gad, who plays Olaf in the hit movie, is no doubt eagerly anticipating Carey’s call. Judi Dench and Matthew Morrison to Star Opposite Prince Harry’s Ex in Tom Stoppard Film This is a sentence we never saw ourselves typing. Dame Judi Dench and Glee favorite Matthew Morrison, along with Prince Harry’s ex Cressida Bonas, have joined the cast of the movie Tulip Fever, scripted by Tony winner Tom Stoppard. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Dench will rescue orphaned children as The Abbess of St. Ursula’s, Morrison will play a drunk artist called Mattheus, while Bonas will play Mrs. Steen, a merchant’s young wife. Supermodel Cara Delevigne, along with Zach Galifianakis, Alicia Vikander, Dane DeHaan, Jack O’Connell, Holliday Grainger and Christoph Waltz will also appear.center_img Jeremy Jordan Josh Gad View Comments Matthew Morrisonlast_img read more

Weekend Poll Top Three: Fans are Thrilled for Rupert Grint’s B’way Debut in It’s Only a Play

first_img 2. Emma Stone, Cabaret—36% If at first you don’t succeed, try and try again. The big screen star is tapped to make a “perfectly marvelous” debut as Sally Bowles, taking over from Oscar nominee Michelle Williams beginning November 11. Stone was originally in talks to lead the production, but scheduling conflicts led to her bowing out early. Looks like this time, she’ll win. Hope you like nervous breakdowns and prairie oysters, Emma! View Comments It’s here! It’s finally here! The fall Broadway season is underway as a herd of new productions light up the Great White Way. And with those shows come stars galore. Many screen actors are tapped to make their heavily anticipated Broadway debuts this fall in various plays and musicals and we wanted to know which star’s Broadway debut you were most amped for. Here’s what you had to say! 1. Rupert Grint, It’s Only a Play—40% The Harry Potter fave makes his debut this fall in the Terrence McNally comedy as Frank Finger, a wunderkind director. He’s part of a star-studded cast that includes Nathan Lane, Matthew Broderick, Megan Mullally, F. Murray Abraham and Stockard Channing. Not bad company to be in for your first Broadway bow. Hopefully, this will pave the way for more wizards and witches to get their names on a marquee. 3. Keke Palmer, Cinderella—6% September 9 will be a “lovely night” for the small screen star and talk show host, as she makes her Great White Way debut in the Rodgers and Hammerstein tuner. She will be joined by two devious stepmothers: Sherri Shepherd, and beginning November 25, NeNe Leakes.last_img read more

Housewives’ Teresa Giudice Has a Ball with NeNe Leakes at Cinderella

first_img Related Shows View Comments Cinderella had five guests of honor in the kingdom on December 10: The Real Housewives of New Jersey favorite Teresa Giudice and her adorable daughters! The reality star paid a visit to her fellow housewife NeNe Leakes, who is currently playing not-so-sweet stepmother Madame in the hit Rodgers and Hammerstein musical alongside Keke Palmer as Ella. Check out these shots of the gal from New Jersey and her pal from Atlanta hanging out in New York City, then see Cinderella at the Broadway Theatre through January 3, 2015! Cinderella Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 4, 2015last_img

Broadway Grosses: Fun Home & More Climb Charts After Tony Nods

first_img View Comments After receiving 12 Tony nominations last week, Fun Home can continue celebrating. As buzz over the Jeanine Tesori and Lisa Kron musical continues to grow, so does the show’s weekly gross. The tuner took in $531,985 (just over 70% of the show’s potential in the Circle in the Square Theatre, one of the smaller Broadway houses). We expect numbers to increase this month as Tony Sunday approaches. Another Best Musical Tony nominee, Something Rotten!, also received its highest gross of its run at $801,033. An American in Paris, which—like Fun Home—received 12 nods including Best Musical, secured a spot in the top five grossing shows for the second consecutive week, joining perennial box office favorites The Lion King, Aladdin, The Book of Mormon and Wicked.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending May 3:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. The Lion King ($1,908,299)2. Aladdin ($1,408,344)3. The Book of Mormon ($1,407,988)4. Wicked ($1,387,456)5. An American in Paris ($1,220,234)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. It Shoulda Been You ($350,281)4. Hand to God ($346,364)3. The Visit ($194,145)2. Living on Love ($160,105)1. Airline Highway ($157,029)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.59%)2. Fish in the Dark (101.28%)3. The Audience (100.68%)*4. Aladdin (100.01%)5. The King and I (100.00%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. The Visit (60.24%)4. Jersey Boys (60.19%)3. It Shoulda Been You (59.78%)2. Living on Love (56.16%)1. On the Town (52.99%)* Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

Stacey Sargeant Will Replace Saycon Sengbloh in Eclipsed

first_img Eclipsed Stacey Sargeant will take over for Saycon Sengbloh in the acclaimed off-Broadway production of Eclipsed from November 3. Starring Lupita Nyong’o, who will be transferring with the show to Broadway, the New York premiere officially opened on October 14 at the Public Theater’s LuEsther Theater.Sargeant will play Helena, a role she played in a previous production of Eclipsed at Yale Rep, for which Nyong’o was an understudy. Her off-Broadway credits include Big Love and Our Lady of Kibeho. Sargeant’s TV and film resume includes The Blacklist, Gossip Girl and Glee.Directed by Liesl Tommy and penned by Danai Gurira, Eclipsed is set amid the chaos of the Liberian Civil War. The captive wives of a rebel officer band together to form a fragile community—until the balance of their lives is upset by the arrival of a new girl. Drawing on reserves of wit and compassion, Eclipsed reveals distinct women who must discover their own means of survival in this deeply felt portrait of women finding and testing their own strength in a hostile world of horrors not of their own making.The cast also includes Pascale Armand, Akosua Busia and Zainab Jah. No word yet on which cast members will be joining Nyong’o on Broadway.The off-Broadway production will run through November 29. View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on June 19, 2016last_img read more

Trisha Yearwood to Join Fox’s Live Telecast of The Passion

first_img View Comments What’s the buzz?! Country music icon Trisha Yearwood has been tapped to play Mary, the mother of Jesus, in The Passion, a two-hour musical event, airing live from New Orleans on Palm Sunday, March 20. Joining the three-time Grammy winner on the Fox telecast will be Latin superstar Prince Royce as the disciple Peter and the previously reported Tyler Perry, the show’s host and narrator.The Passion, written by Peter Barsocchini (High School Musical), tells the 2000-year-old story of the last hours of Jesus Christ’s life on earth through a variety of popular music. Set in modern day, the event will follow the story of Jesus of Nazareth, as he presides over the Last Supper, and then is betrayed by Judas, put on trial by Pontius Pilate, convicted, crucified and resurrected. As Mary follows her son into Jerusalem, she already has witnessed Jesus struggle with opposition from other religious leaders, but bolsters him with the boundless depth of a mother’s love. Peter, meanwhile, remains one of Jesus’ closest confidantes, but his loyalty will be sternly tested.The event will unfold live at some of New Orleans’ most iconic locations, while featuring a procession of hundreds of people carrying a 20-foot, illuminated cross from outside the Superdome to the live stage at Woldenburg Park on the banks of the Mississippi River.last_img read more